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Highway 85 Coalition

RAILROAD CROSSING CLOSURES

Applications regarding the closure of five Union Pacific railroad crossings along the Highway 85 corridor were submitted to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) on behalf of Weld County in June of 2018. Under consideration are the railroad crossing closures at Weld County Roads 2.5, 29, 46, 72 and 104. The closures only concern the railroad crossings at those roads and do not apply to the roads themselves, which will continue to be maintained by the county. Requests for the closures are consistent with the 1999 U.S. 85 Highway Access Control Plan and the U.S. 85 Planning and Environmental Linkage Study approved in April of 2017.

The applications are part of the county’s overall coordinated effort with CDOT to improve safety for the traveling public along Highway 85. These closures will assist CDOT in securing US 85 in a permanent easement from Union Pacific Railroad. 

The Board of County Commissioners has scheduled a public hearing on September 17, 2018, regarding the proposed closures. You can view the Weld County Public Works petition to vacate rights-of-way by clicking here


Highway 85 Coalition

HISTORY

The Highway 85 Coalition was formed in 2009 and meets the 2nd Thursday of every month at 6:30 pm.  The meeting locations rotate along the corridor.

VISION

The transportation corridor from US 34 to Weld County Road 2 should be a high-speed multi-modal delivery system having distinct entryways; character and sustainable communities.

Balancing Objectives and Cost

GOALS

  • Employment and commercial centers should be located in the communities without creating new accesses onto the highway.
  • The highway should have limited accesses, pedestrian connectivity (cross-over/underpass access), flow between the towns smoothly and safely, and have a parkway feel to it.
  • The transportation system should allow interaction with the communities.
  • The Plan area should be aesthetically appealing with a priority put on the historical and cultural nature of the area.
  • Graphic Courtesy of URS Corporation – Denver

EXPECTED OUTCOMES

1. Regional Comprehensive Plan

  • Define Boundary/Plan Area

2. Baseline Standards

  • Setbacks
  • Signage
  • Screening/Landscaping
  • Access/Pedestrian Connectivity
  • Lighting
  • Road Cross-sections

3. Specific Transportation Improvements/Priorities (Federal, State & Local)

  • Local road/street systems
  • Markey Recommendation
  • CDOT earmarks
  • Faster Funds
  • US 85 Access Control Plan
  • Transportation Planning projects

4. Name of the Highway

  • 2011- 150th Anniversary  (Centennial Highway)

5. Revenue Sharing Intergovernmental Agreements

6. Entryway Design for each community

  • CDOT Guidelines




 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Elizabeth Relford
Deputy Director

Email: erelford@weldgov.com
Phone: (970) 400-3748


Public Works Department

1111 H Street
P.O. Box 758
Greeley, CO 80632

Phone: (970) 400-3750
Fax: (970) 304-6416